Paxos is tiny but perfectly formed, and is less than an hour from Corfu by hydrofoil. The main town of Gaios is where you will find all the swanky yachts, but inland you will find a quiet island covered with olive groves, donkey tracks, and beautiful flowers. Life here is lived at a slow pace, and there is a true sense of community and of things as they used to be. The tiny village of Magazia has a wonderful traditional taverna serving hearty Greek food. Not far from Magazia, in Castanida, is the Sunset Taverna, which does what it says on the tin. There is a shady garden restaurant, or you can climb up onto the slightly precarious plywood roof terrace for an unrivalled view of the sunset.
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Heaven is the small island of anti Paxos - it has nothing against its bigger sister- three kilometres south of Gaios, the capital of Paxos, and reached by a sea taxi. It is full of olive groves; Vrika, a sandy beach; a taverna that overlooks the clear Ionian sea, an old lighthouse you can walk to, and a tranquility and peace you only find in the land of the gods.
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